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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Sep 20, 2011 2:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead: For Mando and Rob (and whoever else likes a dram from time to time)


Wow!! I missed that article. The price is understandable given there are only 12 bottles out there. Scarcity adds a certain premium to collectibility that drives these prices far more than how the whisky tastes.

Several years ago I was at a whisky tasting convention in Vegas with a bunch of online whisky forum geeks. One of the guys had a bottle of 50 year old Springbank he had shelled out $1800.00 for. We opened it expecting it to be the most phenomenal tasting whisky any of us had sampled. 4 of us had taken a nip at the same time and we were all looking at each other very uncomfortably. No one said anything until I grimaced and said that it tasted like a stale, flat coke. It was horrible. We let it sit open for the entire weekend and it never got any legs. Six months later the owner followed up and told us it still didn't get any better.

To this day, the best "old" whisky I've ever had the pleasure of tasting was a glass of 1946 Macallan. It was superb and at $7000.00 a bottle way out of my price range. A single dram was $450 - and I wouldn't have had any if not for the benevolence of the barkeep. He told me that he had only sold around 2-3 drams and was afraid the rest was going to oxidize. He poured me a dram and said at least it was being drunk by someone who could appreciate it.

I think I will get into some Highland Park tonight..........